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Motivational Interviewing and how to integrate it

Dr Tim Anstiss

Thursday, 13 February 2025


Motivational Interviewing is an evidence-based coaching/counselling style to help people change and grow. It pays a lot of attention to both evidence-based relational factors and the language both clients and practitioners use. It focus is on helping people explore and resolve their mixed feelings or ambivalence about change, whilst strengthening the persons own arguments for change, and also their self-efficacy. It nicely complements and can even augment other approaches.

The event will be equivalent to 5.1/2 hrs of CPD.


• Welcome and Introductions
• Aims and Objectives – what would make this session most helpful for you?
• What is MI, and where does it come from?
• Spirit and Principles
• Reactance and Resistance
• Change Talk
• Processes and Skills
• 2 Aspects of MI – relational and technical
• Compatible tools and strategies
• Common Traps
• Integration with other approaches
• Q and A

Learning Objectives

• Understand what MI is and what it isn’t.
• Be able to list the 4 processes of MI.
• Know what change talk is and how to develop it
• Be able to explain how MI can complement other approaches to mental health and wellbeing recovery and improvement.

Training Modalities

A mixture of didactic content, Q&A, video/live role play, experiential components, and polls

Key References

Motivational Interviewing. Helping People Change and Grow. Fourth Edition. William R. Miller and Stephen Rollnick. Guilford Press. August 2023 ISBN 9781462552795.

Randall CL, McNeil DW. Motivational Interviewing as an Adjunct to Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Anxiety Disorders: A Critical Review of the Literature. Cogn Behav Pract. 2017 Aug;24(3):296-311.

Motivational Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Distinctive Features. By Cathy Atkinson, Paul Earnshaw. Routledge. 2020

About the presenter

Tim Anstiss is a medical doctor specialising in behaviour change for health. He has run an NHS occupational health service, developed a cardiac rehab and chronic pain service from scratch, developed and led and MSc in Exercise and Behaviour Change and trained thousands of healthcare professionals in Motivational Interviewing, Health Coaching and Shared Decision Making. He has been involved in several national and International behaviour change initiatives, written several papers and book chapters, and once pole vaulted or GB and was a contender on ITV’s Gladiators. He is also a part-time lecturer at Henley Business School.

Who should attend

Anyone interested in how conversations can help a person become more ready to change and grow, and how readiness to change, self-efficacy for change and hope might be developed reasonably efficiently.

Details coming soon

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